Are Women Giving Up Individualism For Conformity?

As I move between classes, a very noticeable event hit my cerebellum, and it’s not carried over this thought to my fingertips as I type my thoughts to the digital paper. Why are women striving for conformity in regards to fashion. It was the most noticeable thing today as I walked to my classes. It seems half of the women walking outside on campus were all looking the same, as if it was some sort of planned event.

Are more and more women removing themselves from the search of individuality, and instead opting to strive to conform? I believe this to be true, especially in regards to fashion. There are far too many girls walking around outside right now with those “black tights” style pants (you know what I’m talking about), and brown boots that have furry stuff around the top, similar to what I would expect of a female eskimo (stereotyping). I believe they are called “Uggs” or something similar to that. These women are now all looking the same, attempting to be completely indistinguishable from those that walk ahead of them. It’s gotten to the point where, in regards to external appearances, they are visually identical, and thus, do not stand out in any way as individuals with their own thoughts.

Why would they do that? Is there something on MTV telling them it’s cool? Granted, it does bring out definition in their legs (which could be a positive or negative thing, depending on your intentions with your choice of clothing), as well as all other areas that these tight pants touch (like your butt). But are these fashion choices having the impact that these women desire? There must be a reason to dress a certain way (unless you are like me, in which case you don’t care about fashion, and wear what is comfortable and reasonable to you). This is especially if you are following a pattern or a trend that others are also following. What makes you want to conform?

I’m not saying it’s a bad thing, but after a certain level, it becomes a negative, I think. I like individuals, and I like people who express themselves as individuals, aside from extreme instances (which is an opinion, I know what I feel as extreme will not be the same as you). The real question on my mind, is why women are all dressing the same? Why is it when one celebrity or designer comes out with something, everyone has to adopt it? Is it because you really find it cute, or is it because you believe it’ll gain you more acceptance in the society you are a part of? After seeing hundreds, perhaps thousands, of other people adopting it, are you realizing your lack of individuality?

I would mention that men do this, but I haven’t seen it much. For the most part, men seem to be simple (there are exceptions of course), and haven’t predominantly made a “fashion statement” of sorts. We don’t really stand out from on another either, but I’m not seeing anything as profoundly obvious as tights and Uggs.

Does anybody else have an opinion of this? I don’t believe I am doing it, but has anybody noticed men doing similar things?

Charlie Pryor

Charlie is a media producer, writer, and a traveler. He grew up in Michigan, all of his life and attended Grand Valley State University for a B.S. in Film and Video Production. He's married to a wonderful woman named Hang, and simply hopes to one day turn himself into a man that many will remember long after he's gone.

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4 Responses

  1. Perhaps what you are witnessing is a certain stage of development. It seems that you are mostly observing this on a college campus which mainly consists of young adults. This is a transitional stage of development in which these young ladies you are speaking of are striving for 2 things; acceptance of peers and their sense of identity. As they move on from the adolescence stage(trying to be cool) to being a young adult (learning who you are) explorations manifest differently between both genders. Perhaps girls are conformed in fashion but guys are typically conformed in interests (ie. sports, hunting, and technology). Plus when you are in the university environment there are so many unique pressures that will not follow them into the real world. Sure it is important to most girls to look good and be fashionable (as this increases self esteem) but as they leave the university and explore the world on their own all of these experiences will come together to form each person individually, as there is more to a person than their clothing. And even if she does wear tights and uggs the rest of her life maybe they are just comfortable lol. Just my opinion but I may be wrong :)

    • Good perspective. Thanks for the feedback. I can definitely see these girls attempting to conform to norms to gain acceptance, which was the reason I had to ask the question. I can easily see that, in the future, they will become more individualized, but was hoping to plant this thought in some of their heads to accelerate the process, by making them understand that, to others, they are blending themselves into the populace, and effectively covering what makes them unique in any way, in the vision of the outside world.

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